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    2008                  news.!
Pathways Pathfinder     Board of
                                                                  Strategic plan update
                      approve rate                         It is an exciting time in the history of Pathways Outdoor
                                                           Ministry! Together we are going to be taking steps to plan
                        reduction                          our future - the future of our programs, the future of our
                                                           facilities and while continuing to help build future leaders for
                                                           our communities and church!
                      On September 18, 2008, the
                      Pathways Board of Directors          We, meaning you (the person reading this) and our Board of
                      met at Camp Minne-Wa-Kan to          Directors, Staff, Alumni, Campers, Camper Parents,
                      review the summer ministry and       Volunteers and Supporters along with our Strategic Planning
                      events, to hire a consultant to      consultant are invited to help formulate this inspiring and
                      lead us in a strategic plan and to   actionable Strategic Plan. We desperately need to hear from
                      evaluate the Lake of the Woods       you, your family and your church!
                      Five Year Plan. After much
                      discussion (trying to figure out     In the next six months our consultant will be sending surveys
                      who wouldn't like this idea) the     and faciliating meetings & retreats that we hope you will be
                      Board is thrilled to announce a      able to attend! Most of all, our consultant will be
                      significant rate reduction for all   intentional about two things: listening to one another and
                      half-week      and      week-long    dreaming of our future together!
                      programs at Lake of the Woods
                      Bible Camp for Summer 2009.          Your dreams are important! Please see Paul’s Ponderings on
                      Yep, you heard it right! You can     Page 2 for more! We will also like to keep you posted
                      come to Lake of the Woods            through our e-newsletter the Compass. If you would like to
                      Bible Camp for $125.00! Yes,              subscribe to this bi-weekly email, please email Shana at
                      one hundred and twenty five                          
                      bucks! The Board of Director's
                      hope is to inspire, encourage
                      and promote programs at
                      LOWBC! As an added incentive,
                      there will also be detailed info
                      packets coming to your churches
                      (before January) about how you
                      could pay ONLY $100!

                      Even though summer 2009 may
                      be far from our minds, let's get
                      excited about this and start
                      planning for another amazing
 Lake of the Woods

                                                                       What is Inside?

                      summer of ministry at Lake of

                                                                                         2 - Welcome the Williams & Paul’s Ponderings
                      the Woods Bible Camp! See you
                                                                                         3 - Summer Jam for Adopt a Cabin

                                                                                         4 - Love Story & Golf 2008
                                                                                         5 - Fantastic Fair Fun
                      To see a list of our Board of                                      6/7 - Summer Ministry Team & Pictures
                      Directors and their contact info                                   8 - Recipe, Wish List & ‘Do you need a Will?’
                      check out our website at                                           9 - Faithful Servants & Pathways @ the Park
                                                     10 -Branson and Winter Retreats
                                                                                         11 - Retreat Deals & National Youth Gathering
                                                                                         12 - Workday Buffet & Camp Sunday signup!
     Welcome to THE williams!                                                    PAUL’s ponderings
Grace and Peace to you! My name is Sister Shana                                  Pathways offers unique environments
Williams and I'm the new High Adventure Program                                  where God encounters people and
Director for Pathways. I am a Deaconess with the ELCA,                           renews them to live lives of love.
with a Masters of Arts in Ministry in Daily Life from
Luther Seminary. Pathways has been part of my life for         For forty years, Pathways has provided unique
many years; I was a camper at Camp Emmaus as a youth           environments. Environments named Lake of the Woods
and I was a residential and high adventure   counselor         Bible Camp, Camp Minne-Wa-Kan and Camp Emmaus.
in college.                                                    Environments on a bus to Branson, on a bus to a Youth
                                                               Gathering, and on a bus to a mission trip in Colorado.
I grew up on      a sugar beet and wheat farm about 12         Environments in the form of a Day Camp at churches all
miles northeast   of Hillsboro, ND. I attended high school     over Minnesota including one in Austin or in East Grand
in Climax, MN     and went to college at the University of     Forks or in Warroad. Environments in the form of
North Dakota,     where I majored in English.                  workdays, retreats, celebrations, canoe trips, fishing
                                                               weekends… ever changing environments for God to
I am married to Matt Williams, the new Challenge               encounter, renew and lead.
Course and Retreat Director for Pathways. We met at
Luther Seminary where we were both working on our              God’s love will continue to be spread as Pathways continues to
masters and were married in June 2003.                         enhance these environments for you.
My name is Rev. Matt                                           We invite you to play a key role in deciding the shape of
Williams and I am                                              those environments. Deciding what is best for the Pathways
excited to be here at                                          ministry in future years. Deciding what these environments
Pathways as the new                                            will look like in future years. Deciding how best to use the
Challenge Course and                                           resources provided.         Your feedback, dreams and
Retreat Director. I was                                        participation is very important!
born and raised in Des
Moines, IA but I have                                          Pathways will be hosting a series of retreats in January to
been      coming      up                                       receive feedback concerning the ministry. It is vital that
to        Northwestern                                         you, a person that has a passion for this awesome ministry,
Minnesota with my                                              be in attendance at one of these sessions. It is a time that
family since I was 6                                           you can be heard. A time to say which environments
years old. After high                                          should continue or which environments need some
school I went to Luther                                        attention. A time to share what Pathways means to you,
College in Decorah, IA where I graduated in 1999 with a BA     your family, your congregation, your synod. A time to
in Political Science with a Psychology Minor.                  create a future for Pathways. A time to strengthen
                                                               environments that have been around for seventy-five years.
Over 5 summers during college, I worked at Lutheran Lakeside
Camp in Spirit Lake, Iowa and at Camp Onomia in Onamia,        And if you feel a stronger passion, ask to be included on the
MN. I took a position as a youth director at Transfiguration   Strategic Planning Task Force, call or email me! The Task
Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. After 2 1/2 and a half     Force will interpret the information gathered about the
years I started on my MDiv at Luther Seminary.                 environments, write the Plan for the future of the
                                                               environments, and communicate the Plan to the
In May of 2006, we graduated from Luther and were              constituency members.
assigned to the Central States Synod where I, Matt, served a
church in Manhattan, KS for two years. Shana worked for        How appropriate during 2009 that we celebrate forty years
Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries at Camp Tomah             of Pathways, sixty-five years of Camp Minne-Wa-Kan and
Shinga.                                                        seventy-five years of both Lake of the Woods Bible Camp
                                                               and Camp Emmaus with a Strategic Plan that assures all of
Shana is excited to be back home at Pathways and we,           us that these environments will continue for many years.
together, look forward to the future of our ministry here at
Pathways and serving a ministry that touches so many lives!    Thank you for doing your part in this important endeavor.
We live at Minne-Wa-Kan and are expecting our first child
in March, a pleasant surprise and a long awaited               Joy! - Paul J. Hanson
blessing. We look forward to getting to know more of 
the people who make Pathways the great ministry that           218.751.4208 office
it is!                                                         218.760.4213 cell phone
        Summer Jam for                                                               Jessie captivating the

          Adopt a Cabin!
The first ever Malung Summer Jam on August 20th was a
success by all counts. The benefit concert raised over
$1,800 which included funds from Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans. The concert's goal was to raise money for the
parish's work in remodeling an A-frame cabin at Lake of
the Woods Bible Camp. God blessed the approximately
100 attendees with perfect weather. The warm, sunny
evening gave way to a clear night that allowed people to
see a sky full of stars.                                      Pastor Koch
Pastor Koch played the first act with Abe Granitz on drums.
Blue Dynasty took the stage next, led by Jessie Johnson
on guitar and vocals, and her brother Jake on
drums. Common Place, comprised of Roseau High
School students, finished the night.                                                         Sheetrocking
                                                                                           done! Created of
Members from all three churches of the Wannaska                                             new pony wall
parish donated their time and talents to make the Jam                                      for loft bedroom
a success. Also thanks to Faith Lutheran Church in                                            for privacy.
Badger who contributed an additional $640 from a
benefit meal they hosted!

Arden Moe, a member of the Wannaska Lutheran Parish,
has been spearheading the A-frame remodeling efforts at
Lake of the Woods Bible Camp since they started in May                                  Left:
2008! Arden has personally spent over 30 days at camp                                  New
to ensure this project kept moving forward while                                     shower &
recruiting the following volunteers to help: Gary                                    bathroom
Bergstrom, Chad Billberg, Rusty Billberg, Ryan Peterson,
Matt Peterson, Dan Anderson, Milton Anderson, Myron                                 Right: New
Erickson, Jason Schneider, David Wensloff and Bob                                     wall on
Mekash.                                                                              main level
                                                                                     to create
The A-frame has been a total transformation! First, on the
LOWBC Workday (May 31st) volunteers gutted the entire
building! They added a wall to create a second bedroom,
rewired, insulated, sheet rocked, taped and painted - a big
task for such high lofted ceilings! The A-frame bathroom
used to be a complete disaster, but now you would never
know…Arden and his helpers have installed all new
bathroom fixtures including a beautiful new shower and
door! It will be ready to host year-round users! So get            FINISHED!!!
those ice fishing poles ready!
                                                                  Loft bedroom
If you would like more information about how your               sparkles with new
church or family may 'Adopt a Cabin' or to hear more             windows & fresh
about the Wannaska Lutheran Parish A-frame project and                paint!
benefits to your congregation, feel free to contact Rev.
Paul Koch at or 218.425.7782 or
Andrea Ohnstad at or

Written by Rev. Paul Koch, Arden Moe & Andrea Ohnstad
                                                                                               What could beat a round of golf
                                                 becoming       active    members       and
                       This is a love            leadership persons at church while
                                                                                               with friends at the beautiful Sand
                                                                                               Hill Golf Course? We welcomed
                                                 raising four beautiful children. In their
                       story                     free time, they would camp and take
                                                                                               49 golfers to our 3rd Annual
                                                                                               Pathways Golf Benefit on August
                                                 trips together with their family, including   9th! Together with 41 Hole
                        Once upon a time, a      several to Camp Emmaus. Incidentally,         Sponsors, nearly 70 Prize
                        young boy loved to       they even donated their first bed, frame      Sponsors and a commited group
                        play outside!       He   and headboard to Emmaus! The man              of energetic volunteers the
                        could     be    found                                                  benefit was a complete success
                                                 was also known to have canoed many a          raising $8360 for youth, adult
                        playing games like       time down the Crow Wing River with            and family programs! Christian
                        baseball, football and   his dear friend John.                         Motors of Fertile also enticed
    track with his friends from Twin Valley.                                                   golfers with a brand new Chevy
    His love for the outdoors also led him to    This man's greatest love was Ms. Mavis        Impala if they could make a
    achieve an Eagle Scout Award and Order       Sunde, living happily together for 51         hole-in-one!
    of the Arrow.                                years. His deep love for his children, his
                                                 church and the outdoors was evident
    The young boy grew into a young adult        throughout his full 82 years.
    and became a camp counselor where he
    could spend his summers outdoors and         On May 20, 2008 God called his faithful
    share his faith. He loved his many           servant, Lowell Lysaker, home. Dear
    summers at Camp Wilderness and Camp          friends and family surrounded Mavis and
    Swawandosi.                                  their children at Trinity in Moorhead.
                                                 These friends and family members gave
    The 20-something                                                                           Above, Andrea Ohnstad thanks
                                                                     memorials        to
    boy      left    his                                                                       Chuck Larson and the West Polk
                                                                     Pathways to honor
    beloved friends,                                                                           Chapter of Thrivent Financial for
                                                                     Lowell's love for
    family and the                                                                             their gift of $1000!
                                                                     camp      and   the
    tranquil outdoors                                                outdoors.
    of Minnesota to                                                                            A Round of Applause for the
    honor his country                                                                          2008 Golf Committee & Event
                                                                On June 27, 2008,
    by enlisting in the                                                                        Day Volunteers who made this
                                                                the love of Lowell's
    Army. He served                                                                            golf benefit possible...
                                                                life, dedicated the
    in Germany for 15                                           memorials         to           Trinity of Beltrami WELCA
    months and after                                            something     Lowell           Chuck Larson
    his tour of duty,                                           would have truly               Gene & Jolene Billing
    the man returned                                            loved -- a new 2009             Sylvia Rickey
    to      Minnesota                                           Alumicraft     canoe           Kent & Sheri Minske
    where he continued to love the               whose home became Lake Morgan at              Jean & Ron Peterson
    outdoors, taking up beekeeping,              Camp Emmaus!                                  Dean & Tammy Smith
    canoeing and carving. He went on to                                                         Val Syverson
    get a Sociology degree from Concordia        This is a love story…. that has no end…       Brandon Swanson
    College and a Masters from North             this love story continues.                    DJ Tadych
    Dakota State University. All was well for
    this man….but something was missing.         Now for decades to come, youth, adults        Thank you to Chuck & Jorene
    He was working full time for the             and families can encounter God's              Larson and Gene & Jolene Billing
    Minnesota      and     North     Dakota      beautiful creation because of Lowell's        for sponsoring our Golf Benefit
    Departments of Human Services and was        love of the outdoors and because of           meals!
    an active member of Trinity Lutheran         Mavis' love of Lowell.
    Church… what was missing, what could
    it be?                                       If you would like
                                                 to honor a loved
    A girl. Now a man, whose love had been       one, please give
    for the outdoors fell deeply in love for     Andrea a call.
    Ms. Sunde. Her caring nature, her sweet
    laugh, her beauty and generosity             Written by
    captivated the man and after a short         Andrea Ohnstad
    time, this 30-something man asked Ms.
    Sunde to be his wife. They started a life                                                  A thank you to Jean Peterson
                                                                                               for helping with Hole Sponsors
    together, sharing their faith, both
                                                                                               from Paul Hanson. Mark your
4                                                                                              calendar - August 1, 2009!
                                                                                                                                                         Parade Volunteers Rock!
GOLFERS HIT the Greens

                                                       Golf & Fair Pictures available at:
     Smiles from Pastor Gretchen Anderson, Vicar

                                                                                                                                  Fantastic fair fun!
    Dane Skilbred, Elaine Erdahl and Sylvia Rickey!

     Thank you to our Hole Sponsors!
                                   Agrimax - Fisher                                                                    It was Pathways 3rd
                                                                                                                       year at the Roseau            A Billberg Sandwich!
                  Alerus Financial - Grand Forks                                                                                                (Jay Billberg, Andrea Ohnstad
Ampride/Crookston Fuel Company - Crookston                                                                             County Fair… with one
                                                                                                                       word to describe it:           and Dale Billberg)
                         Arrow Printing - Bemidji
           Beltrami Farmers Elevator - Beltrami                                                                        FANTASTIC!      I am
                                                                                                                       humbled and thankful
                 Bemidji Web Designs - Bemidji
                                                                                                                       for all of the help to
                        Bremer Bank - Crookston
                                                                                                                       make      the    2008
                    Clem's Hardware - Cass Lake
                                                                                                                       Pathways Booth at the
               Dave and Jean Haugo - Waubun
                                                                                                                       Roseau Fair a total
                      Denny's Refuse - Blackduck                                                                       success! We sold 875
    Drees, Riskey & Vallager, LTD - Crookston                                                                          tickets to the Insulated Deer Stand raising $3240 for
       Evergreen Implement - Thief River Falls                                                                         Pathways youth, adult and family programs!
                    First National Bank - Bemidji
                          First State Bank - Fertile                                                                   I was thrilled at the response of
              Greg & Nan Widseth - Crookston                                                                           volunteers from Roseau County!
         Ihle and Sparby, PA - Thief River Falls                                                                       Thank you to the nine churches
                      Interstate Motorcar - Fargo                                                                      who helped sponsor this project,
                  Iverson Corner Drug - Bemidji                                                                        we really appreciate your support!
    K & L Construction Company - Moorhead                                                                              Thank you to the 35 Parade
              Kingo Lutheran Church – Fosston                                                                          Volunteers for handing out candy
        Lakeshirts/Paul Brenden - Detroit Lakes                                                                        and over 1000 promotional
                        Matt Naugle - Moorhead                                                                         brochures! Thank you to the
 Miller, McDonald, CPA - Park Rapids/Bemidji                                                                           amazing 50 Booth Volunteers for
                                                                                                                       your excitement for Lake of the          Greenbush Girls!
         Northern State Bank - Thief River Falls
                  Northway Insurance - Bemidji                                                                         Woods Bible Camp and for                 Regina Boese &
                       Old Lutheran - Moorhead                                                                         helping to promote camp and sell          Janice Branden
           Purdy's Shoe Store - Thief River Falls                                                                      tickets! Thanks again to Geroy's Building Center, Jay Billberg
                Ross Seed - Fisher (2 HOLES!!!!)                                                                       & the Billberg Family of Wannaska for building the stand,
                      Supalla Transport - Bemidji                                                                      selling tickets and making it a reality!
                    Swan Lake Builders - Bemidji                                                                       written by Andrea Ohnstad
          The Prescription Shoppe - Crookston
        Thrivent Financial - West Polk Chapter                                                                         Churches:
                   Titan Machinery - Crookston                                                                         Bethesda - Wannaska
        Todd Wadena Electric Coop - Wadena                                                                             Concordia - Ross
                                Triangle Ag - Ulen                                                                     Grace - Grygla
                                                                                                                       Moe - Roseau
           Trinity Lutheran Church - Crookston                                                                         Our Redeemer's - Badger
                 US Food Service - Grand Forks                                                                         Our Savior - Middle River
                   Vance Bowersox - Crookston                                                                          Pinecreek - Ross
                    Voxland Electric - Moorhead                                                                        Riverside - Wannaska
      Sharing a hole Crookston National Bank                                                                           Zion - Viking
                            & Gym Bin of Bemidji
                                                                                                                          WINNER:                     Happy at the Fair! Vivian
                                                                                                                        DORY SJOBLOM                 Peterson, Dorothy Hooseir,
                                                                                                                                                    Ina and Jenna Baumgarrtner     5
                                                2008 SUMMER MINISTRY TEAM

           Front Row (L to R): Alex Thompson, Kayla Rothstein, Ashlee Sirek, Hilary Furuseth, Rachel Brawner,
                                 Amy Pahlen, Jake Hanson, Jon Dahl, Bobbie Jo Gulsvig
       Second Row: Shana Williams, Nancy Smebak, Alyssa Sprague, Rachel Gerber, Issiah Hruby, Amanda Meyer,
                              Eric Guttormson, Jordan Pederson, John Gondrez, John Glas
Back Row: Cathryn Nelson, Matt Williams, Seth Dahle, Kendra Larson, Adam Morlock, Anne Bergstrom, Bonnie Moeller,
        Korey Breutzmann, Noah Dahle, Eric Beckner, Ethan Hendricks, Eric Clapp, Shane Graham, Laura Morlock
                                        Missing from above, but pictured below:
     Allie Stehlin    Annie Osterhaus        Ben Carlson      Desire Shaugabay       Erik Brawner       Kristin Remick

 camper smiles are

                 united in christ -
                 sharing our gifts
                Thanks to many gracious offerings from our
                residential campers at Lake of the Woods Bible
                Camp and Camp Emmaus this summer we were
                 able to raise $3900 for our summer offering!
                  This summer we are donating money to two
                causes. The first is to continue our sponsorship
                of two children in India through Lutheran
                Partners in Global Ministry. Secondly, the
                money generously donated will go towards

                supporting other campers to come to camp
                 through our scholarship program. Thank you
                  so much!

                   Introducing our brother and sister in Christ:
                       Suresh Raman & Kalaivani Ganapthy

              THANK YOU DAY CAMPERS!
               Our summer ministry team was able to visit 13
               congregations who were very welcoming as we
               put on our Day Camp program within their
               community. Thank you for the ministry that
               you shared with us during those weeks and for
               opening your doors to our ministry and staff.
               This summer, we were able to have a special
               donation from our Day Camp congregations to
               Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit
               organization whose mission is to provide a sense
               of security and comfort to children who are
               seriously ill, traumatized or in need by giving
               them gifts of handmade blankets. During the
               summer, congregations collected fleece and
               made tie-blankets to donate. At the end of the
               summer we were able to give 100 blankets to
               Project Linus! Thank you to all who helped!

               2008 Day Camp Congregations
               Zion Lutheran Church - Warroad
               Westminster Presbyterian Church -Austin
               Trinity Lutheran Church - Detroit Lakes
               Trinity Lutheran Church - Crookston
               St. John's Lutheran Church - Minneapolis
               Our Saviors Lutheran Church - EGF
               Hope Lutheran Church - Walker
               Hawley Lutheran Church - Hawley
               Grace Lutheran Church - Detroit Lakes
               Fisher Lutheran Church - Fisher
               First Lutheran Church - Akeley
               Faith Lutheran Church - Wolverton
               Calvary Lutheran Church - Park Rapids
        Committee Wish List                                                                      DO YOU
   Strategic Planning Task Force Committee Members
   Financial Development Committee Members
   Golf Benefit Committee Members                                                              NEED A WILL?
                                                                                                Yes and thumbs up! We
         Volunteer Wish List                                                                    have all heard people say
   Office assistance (Filing, mailings, making DVDs,                                            they don't need a will
   and manuals, printing cookbooks, labeling)                                                   because they don't have
   General cleaning                                                                             much money or because
   Grounds work                                          the law will take care of the distribution of their property after
   Framing/ Sheetrocking/Painting                        they die. Others put off writing a will because they think the
   Trenching or burrowing frost free line at LOWBC       process is complicated and expensive or they are just too busy
                                                         and will get around to it later. (Easy forms at
             Office Wish List                            Unfortunately, putting off the writing of your will can mean
   Stamps (.42 & Postcard stamps .27)                    unnecessary hardship, financially and emotionally, for your
   Pocket folders with 3 ring inset (green or purple)    surviving family members.
   8 X 11 Yellow Notebooks
   Spirals of new burnable DVDs                          Through your will you can provide a lasting witness to your
   Reams of White or Astrobright Paper                   family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministries of the
   Standard Hanging & Manila folders                     church. As a life-long stewardship vehicle, your will can be
   6 X 9 or 10 X 12 Manila Clasped Envelopes             used to support any ministry that have been important to you
   Banker Boxes                                          during your life!

          Program Wish List                              By careful estate planning you can make a difference in the
                                                         lives of many people. Don't neglect establishing a will. If you
   Walmart Gift Cards (for arts & craft supplies)        already have one, periodically review it to ensure it is current.
   Votive Candles
   Gas Cards (for retreat travel)                        For more information on how to add Pathways to your will,
   Broomball Supplies                                    call Andrea Ohnstad, Pathways Development Director at
   4-person Eureka tents                                 218.751.4208. And if in fact, Pathways is already in your will,
   Lifeguard first aid red tubes                         we would love to know!          Additional resources are also
   Canoes (aluminum)                                     provided by the ELCA Foundation, 800-638-3522, ext. 2970.
   Acoustic Guitar Strings
   Cordless Phones
   8-person folding tables
   Good quality hand mixer and blender                                Apple Walnut Cake!
                                                          1 2/3 cups sugar         1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
            Facility Wish List                            2 eggs                   1 tsp salt
   Two Microwaves                                         1/2 cup oil              1/2 tsp nutmeg
   Snowplow for pickup truck                              2 cups flour             4 cups unpeeled apples, chopped
   Cenex/Amoco/BP Gas Cards                               2 tsp baking soda        1 cup walnuts, chopped
   Cement and materials for 24X24 Slab                    Beat sugar and eggs. Add oil and vanilla; mix well. Combine
   Plastic Utility Cabinet (about 6 ft tall by 42-50”)    flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually
   Tools: Drill Press, Metal Chop Saw, Wrench Sets,       add to sugar mixture; mixing well. Stir in apples and walnuts.
   Pneumatic Finish Nailer, Tile Cutter, 220 Arc          Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
   Welder, Wirefeed Welder & Oxy Acetylene Torch          50-55 minutes.

             Cabin Wish List                              Frosting: 6 oz cream cheese         3 tbsp butter
                                                                    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla
   Good Quality Furniture: 4 end tables, table or
   floor lamps, three single mattresses & box springs     Soften cream cheese and butter. Beat all together until
In order to keep your camps running smoothly, we          Apple cake is a great fall food. The first time my sister made
      would gratefully accept any of these items (new     this she called because she thought I forgot an ingredient
 8    or used). Please contact Andrea for details!                 or
                                                          since it was so stiff. Don't worry, once you put in the apples
                                                          it becomes nice and moist. Delicious Dish by Donna Yliniemi
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In April, Pathways hosted our third annual               A hoor & Jon P
Appreciation Events. We hosted an Appreciation
Dinner at Lake of the Woods Bible Camp and an
                                                         Brun                                  the park!
Appreciation Tea at Hawley Lutheran Church! It was                                         The first ever Pathways @
a time of celebration, a time of looking forward and                                        the Park on June 25th was a
a time to take a moment to honor and give thanks to                                          success! With a terrific,
two amazing people!                                                                           energetic and all-volunteer
                                                                                               planning committee with
It came as a surprise to both Arden Moe and John Glas.                                          members     from     five
These men have literally changed the landscapes of the                                         Moorhead ELCA churches
camps, have given unselfishly of themselves, served on                              (Trinity, Christ the King, Good
Boards and Committees and are still helping make                          Shepherd, Our Saviors, and Bethesda) they
Pathways beautiful! Congratulations to you both! And            raised funds and built awareness for Pathways in one
again, our sincere and overwhelming thanks to you!
                                                            spectacular event! Pathways @ the Park raised over $4,000
                                                            with donations, offering, and meal. A special thank you to
To nominate a Good & Faithful Servant, contact Andrea!
                                                            the Clay County Chapter Thrivent Financial for $1500 and to
                                                            Thrivent's Cassie Huesman for emceeing the event! The
                                                            planning committee promoted the event though many low
                                                            cost avenues like church bulletins, Gate City Bank signage,
                                                            church newsletters, postcard mailings sent to Clay County
                                                            Thrivent Financial members and Pathways supporters and a
                                                            WDAY radio spot on the day of the event. This resulted in
                                                            a strong turn out of over 350 people and over 30
                                                            volunteers. The event had costs of $1,000 and half was
                                                            offset with donated food items or monetary support from:
                                                            Hornbacher's Foods, SunMart, Sams Club, Wal-Mart,
                                                            Reardons Office, Moorhead Kiwanis Club, Sara Lee Bakery,
                                                            and Quality Meats.

                                                            You may ask ‘Will I do this again next year?’ Yes! And here
                                                            is why... one Sunday at Trinity in Moorhead a couple joined
               It was a Kodak moment!                       my family and I for worship. I remembered them attending
Paul Hanson, Arden and Marion Moe & Andrea Ohnstad          Pathways @ the Park with their granddaughter and they
                                                            stayed to the very end of the event. At worship, the
                                                            grandma told me their granddaughter did go to camp this
                                                            summer and had a wonderful experience and will go to
                                                            camp for many years, thanks to a Pathways @ the Park
                                                            volunteer who had given her registeration materials and
                                                            talked to her about camp. The look in this grandmother’s
                                                            eyes answered my questions and doubts and will bring me

                                                                                     If you want any information about
                                                                                      the planning and would like to do
      Enjoying the coffee and company!
                                                                                       something similar in your own
         Al Judson, John Glas,
                                                                                        community, just jot me an emai!
     Shane Graham and Nadine Glas
                                                                                             Written by Jon Peterson
     Tell US your camp                                                                     2008 Pathways @ the Park
                                                                                                 Committee Chair
  Thank you to all who submitted stories! We
  received wonderful tales of camp experiences
 from campers, young and old. To submit your                                                Former Pathways Camp
story for 2009 drawings, see prizes & winners go                                    Counselors, Cassie Huesman and
         to                                            Rachel Horan, are all smiles!         9
                                                                                                SENIOR HIGH
     CHRISTMAS IN BRANSON                                                                      NEW YEARS BASH!
It is a Pathways Branson Trip like you have never seen                                     Bring in the New Year a
it before!!! Not only will we be including 5 nights of                                      night early at camp!
lodging, 13 great meals and 7 Branson shows, but we                                          Reunite with your fellow
will see the Best New Show in Branson! The group,                                             camp       friends     and
SIX, delivers their brand of entertainment like no other                                       counselors for a great
musical group. You won't believe what comes out of                                              time at Camp Emmaus
their mouths! These SIX BROTHERS come from a                                                     in celebrating the New
family of 10 brothers. No sisters.                                                               Year. Our time will
                                                                                      include broomball on Lake
                                                                              Morgan, singing your
                                                                   favorite camp songs, a campfire in
                                                            the snow, worship, fellowship, Bible
                                                            Studies, great food and so much more!

                                                            Registration will begin at 11am and
                                                            departure will be at 11am the following
                                                            morning. Bring your friends and join us for
                                                            this overnight blast!
                                                            Dates: December 30-31, 2008
                                                            Where: Camp Emmaus
                                                            Who: 9th-12th graders
At the conclusion of our time together, we will return      Rate:    $50/youth
to Moorhead for a special treat this year! One last night
of entertainment at the 82nd Annual Concordia College        MEN TO THE MANCAVE WEEKEND
Christmas Concert, “ Savior of the Nations - Come”!         Come escape to camp for a weekend with
Under the artistic direction of world-renowned              the guys!     This weekend will include
composer and conductor Dr. René Clausen, more than          meeting other men of faith, fellowship, ice
400 student musicians tell the Christmas story through      fishing, cross country skiing, great food,
well-loved traditional songs, as well as original           worship and so much more! Take a
compositions and will feature music from around the         weekend for yourself and rejuvenate out in
world and illuminate Christ’s message of hope!              the beautiful creation of Camp Emmaus in
                                                            the winter. We hope to see you there!
                                                                         Dates: January 9-11, 2009
                                                                            Where: Camp Emmaus
                                                                                Rate: $100/ private quad housing;
                                                                                   $85/dorm housing

                                                                                          FAMILY SNOWMOBILING
                                                                                                Give your family a
                                                                                              weekend together this
                                                                                           winter! Join us at Camp
                                                                                         Minne-Wa-Kan near Bemidji,
                                                                                      MN. We will snowmobile on the
                                                                                    great trails in the area, worship,
November 30 - December 5, 2008 for $750.00* per                                  fellowship, dine on delicious food and
person (*Individual Housing is extra.)                                        take in precious time with your family.
The seven terrific Branson shows include: Six, Grand                       Bring your snowmobiles and get ready to
Jubilee, The Entertainers, Noah - The Musical, Joe                       have a great time!
Diffee, Bobby Vinton and Tony Orlando and the               Date:  January 23-25, 2009
Lennon Sisters! You can find out more information           Where: Camp Minne-Wa-Kan
about these shows at                       Rate:  $100 (16 & up)
                                                                   FREE (15 & under)
     Contact Paul at 218.751.4208 for registration                 $250 maximum
      information or check out our website at:
Need an adventure in the middle of the winter? Come with
us to Montana! We are excited to offer a Senior High ski and
snowboarding trip to gorgeous Bridger Bowl in Bozeman,
Montana. We will go over the long President's Day weekend
and will have a great time enjoying the creation and snow!
Pathways will arrange hotel lodging, lift tickets, rentals (if                                                                             Youth
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                               JUNIOR HIGH                                                 Pathways is excited to offer a great deal for church
                            WINTER ADVENTURE                                               groups looking for a place to gather for fellowship
                It is the end of February, you have been                                   and faith-building. Youth groups, women's groups,
                                                                 RED HOT DEALS at Minne-Wa-kan

                                                                                           men's groups, church choirs-all sorts of church groups
                stuck in the house for ages and spring seems
                                                                                           are invited to take advantage of this Red Hot Retreat
a ways away. What can you do? Come and join Pathways
                                                                                           Deal! Camp Minne-Wa-Kan is located on beautiful
for an exciting weekend at Camp Minne-Wa-Kan. The
                                                                                           Lake Andrusia, between Bemidji and Cass Lake, and is
weekend will include a day trip tubing at Buena Vista Ski
                                                                                           a wonderful place for groups to come together to
Area outside of Bemidji, fellowship, worship and so much                                   learn and relax in God's beautiful creation.
more! Come for something different this winter!
Dates: February 27-March 1, 2009                                                           The Red Hot Retreat Deal is offered January through
Where: Camp Minne-Wa-Kan                                                                   April 2009 and consists of:
Who:    7th & 8th graders
Rate:   $75                                                                                      One night of cozy lodging at Minne-Wa-Kan
                                                                                                            Three delicious meals
                                                                                                               Lots of activities
                                                                                                           Plenty of meeting space
                                                                                                    $25.00 per person (regularly $40.00)
                                                                                                 Two nights of cozy lodging at Minne-Wa-Kan
                                                                                                             Four delicious meals
                                                                                                               Lots of activities
                                                                                                           Plenty of meeting space
                                                                                                    $35.00 per person (regularly $50.00)

                                                                                           Minimum per group:
                                                                                           $400.00 for one night/$500.00 for two nights
                    To register, get maps or find out more,
                           check out our website at:                                       Call or email Matt today to book your retreat!
                                              or 218.760.4214            11
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          Our mission:
     Pathways offers unique
    environments where God
     encounters people and
renews them to live lives of love.

      CONTACT US                                WORKDAY BUFFET tHANKS!
                                                What a wonderful time we had together at
   Paul J. Hanson - Executive Director
                                                the three workdays with over 132 total
                                                volunteers and 82 of you were Thrivent
   Kim Smith - Office Manager & Registrar
                                                members! Yeah! As you may recall,
                                                Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and
   Brad Fossen - Facilities Director
                                                Pathways partnered to challenge all
   brad@pathwaysbiblecamps. com
                                                Thrivent members to volunteer. On behalf of
   Andrea Ohnstad - Development Director
                                                your volunteer time, Thrivent awarded Pathways
                                                $18.05 an hour! After it was all said and done, Thrivent sent
   Laura Morlock - Program Director
                                                a gift of $3000.00! Thanks to our North Country Region,
                                                Beltrami and LOW-Roseau Chapters for your support!!!
   Rev. Matt Williams - Retreat Director                  What you should know is that is only half the story... With
   Sister Shana Williams - Adventure Director   your help were able to deep clean the dining halls, bleach                  mattresses, split wood, mow and rake the grounds, clean
                                                           cabins, put screens on, build a retaining wall
      The Board                                                   and steps and so much more... the value
                                                                 of your time to Pathways was $9000!
   Eugene Mollberg - Baudette (1)
   Rev. Bryce Fellbaum - Greenbush (1)                          You earned & saved us a total of $12,000 ... not bad for a days
   Rev. Ale Tulu - Thief River Falls (2)                              work! Mark your 2009 calendar and plan to join us!
   Rev. John Dalen - Fosston (3)
   Greg Widseth- Crookston (3)                                    Emmaus (May 9) - Minne-Wa-Kan (May 16) - LOWBC (May 31)
   Chis Richards - Bemidji (4)

                                                                  BOOK YOUr Camp SUNDAY!
   Erica Ward - Bemidji (4)
   Rev. Tom Jacobson - Gonvick (4)
   Wayne Lepard - Hawley (5)
                                                We love coming to your congregation to talk about camp programs for your youth, adults
   Ona May Brunsvold - Moorhead (6)
   Char Tallakson - Moorhead (6)                and families, so start thinking now about what Sunday or Wednesday works for you! These
   Rev. Eric Lemonholm - Detroit Lakes (7)      visits usually occur between January and April and we would highly encourage you to call
   Jim Weivoda - Detroit Lakes (7)              this fall to get it on the calendar! Call or email Laura, Pathways Program Director at
   Val Syverson - Waubun (7)
                                                218.751.4208 or!
   Rev. John Hulden - Trinity Representative

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